Former President of Qajaq USA Christopher Crowhurst shares his thoughts on the differences between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation, and discusses the challenges Qajaq USA faces in balancing the accessibility of Greenland style kayaking with its mission to preserve the Greenlandic kayaking tradition. He also talks about how he and his father Nick Crowhurst came up with the plans for the Shrike and the Vember, two Greenland-style kayaks intended for home builders.
Greenland paddle maker Don Beale discusses how to choose a Greenland paddle, the advantages wooden paddles have over carbon fiber paddles, and how to go about carving your own paddle. A founding member of the South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayak Symposium (SSTIKS), Don talks about what makes SSTIKS unique among the Greenland Style kayaking events in the United States.
Sea Kayak designer/builder, and founder of Cape Falcon Kayak Brian Schulz talks about the psychology of kayak rolling, how a low volume sea kayak can be the worst thing for learning how to roll, how a paddling progression you have worked towards for years can be erased in seconds by a traumatic experience, his project to bring school kids from the tiny Greenland village of Tiniteqilaaq to the National Kayaking Championships and his ongoing quest to improve on traditional Greenland skin-on-frame kayak designs.
Sea Kayak designer/builder and founder of Cape Falcon Kayak, Brian Schulz, talks about the making of the viral video, “Building the West Greenland kayak, Step by Step”, how he got started building skin-on-frame kayaks and into Greenland Style kayaking after meeting the world’s preeminent kayak historian, Harvey Golden, taking apart the myth that Greenland kayaks reached a level of perfection after thousands of years of kayak evolution, how he would never have been a skin-boat builder if it wasn’t for Corey Freedman’s mysterious "GOOP", how Greenland Style paddling helped him recover from a severe shoulder injury, his advice for people who want to learn how to roll, and the 5 core evolutionarily hard-wired fears that must be overcome to learn how to roll.